Politics Section

Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

By Jack Mayne Despite a plethora of letters and pressure, the Burien City Council said nothing Monday night on when it will make a decision of extending the CARES animal contract or shifting to King County... [Read more]

LETTER: Some Highline Schools students will be missing from B-Town Beat event

LETTER: Some Highline Schools students will be missing from B-Town Beat event

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] “Artwork and performances by amazing... [Read more]

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #49 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Seattle City Light will start replacing aging utility poles in Burien soon

Seattle City Light will start replacing aging utility poles in Burien soon

Starting in early to mid-May, Seattle City Light will begin replacing aging utility poles in Burien, which will likely cause numerous maintenance power outages. Crews will work in an area bordered by... [Read more]

Commuters prepare yourselves – Alaskan Way Viaduct closure starts this Friday

Commuters prepare yourselves – Alaskan Way Viaduct closure starts this Friday

Drivers and transit users, pay heed: there are just a few days to get ready for a closure of the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle, as it is set to close this Friday, April 29. Starting... [Read more]

Say hello to the new ‘Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’

Say hello to the new ‘Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership on Tuesday (April 26) with the intent “to better promote the regional... [Read more]

Burien citizens mostly satisfied with city government; no light rail for the city

Burien citizens mostly satisfied with city government; no light rail for the city

By Jack Mayne Burien residents in a semiannual survey say they are concerned about crime and education, but are satisfied at how their city government is performing, with eight out of 10 people surveyed... [Read more]

PODCAST: Bad guy with loaded gun on bike busted; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Bad guy with loaded gun on bike busted; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #48 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Next Highline Public Schools Bond will be ‘Community Driven’ according to district

Next Highline Public Schools Bond will be ‘Community Driven’ according to district

“The community is driving the next bond placed on the ballot for Highline Public Schools,” the district announced this week. Forty community members have spent the last ten months studying... [Read more]

Burien Council adds money for human services; hears about airport expansion

Burien Council adds money for human services; hears about airport expansion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on 4/24/16 with corrected information about the Evergreen pool. By Jack Mayne After weeks of wrangling over adding money for Burien’s human services, the Burien... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident concerned about density of pot stores in White Center

LETTER: Resident concerned about density of pot stores in White Center

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] The parking lot for this state-licensed... [Read more]

PODCAST: 7-year old left in stolen car; Jack Mayne Commentary on CARES…

PODCAST: 7-year old left in stolen car; Jack Mayne Commentary on CARES…

Here’s episode #47 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking feedback on code updates; public meeting set for April 21

City of Burien seeking feedback on code updates; public meeting set for April 21

The City of Burien announced on Tuesday (April 12) that it is seeking feedback on code updates, with an open, public meeting set for Thursday, April 21 at the Community Center. The city said that it is... [Read more]

Dave Upthegrove wants to be Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands

Dave Upthegrove wants to be Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands

Former area resident and current King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced Monday (April 11) that he will be running for Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. The current officeholder... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien man shoots at police, SWAT; Jack Mayne Commentary, more

PODCAST: Burien man shoots at police, SWAT; Jack Mayne Commentary, more

Here’s episode #46 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Public Meeting on Sound Transit 3 will be April 11-12; will Burien route make it?

Public Meeting on Sound Transit 3 will be April 11-12; will Burien route make it?

A public meeting on Sound Transit 3 is set for Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, to review the current plan, financial planning assumptions, other plans along with public comment. Will the route... [Read more]

City of Burien to celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13 at Seahurst Park

City of Burien to celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13 at Seahurst Park

The City of Burien will be celebrating Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 13, starting at 11 a.m. at Seahurst Park. The City will also be celebrating its 15th year as a member of ‘Tree City USA,’... [Read more]

VIDEO: Local students ‘sick & tired of Nachos’ at Burien City Council meeting

VIDEO: Local students ‘sick & tired of Nachos’ at Burien City Council meeting

A group of local students spoke to the Burien City Council about school lunch food Monday night, and apparently they’re not happy with what they’re fed, especially the nachos (around the 2:00... [Read more]

Find out why the Port of Seattle wants to remove tall trees near airport April 11

Find out why the Port of Seattle wants to remove tall trees near airport April 11

The Port of Seattle will be holding a Public Information Session on the Flight Corridor Safety Program on Monday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Highline Public Schools ERAC Center, located at 15675 Ambaum... [Read more]

POLL: Should City extend Burien CARES’ contract or return to King County?

POLL: Should City extend Burien CARES’ contract or return to King County?

At Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 4 to 3 to not extend the Burien CARES Animal Control contract past August, so that the city has time to figure out whether King... [Read more]

Burien Council approves junk car law; opposes extending CARES contract

Burien Council approves junk car law; opposes extending CARES contract

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council voted 5 to 2 to pass an ordinance banning junk vehicles stored or abandoned on private property in the city, with Councilmembers Lauren Berkowitz and Austin Bell... [Read more]

Learn ‘Political Incivility & Polarization in America’ at Burien Library April 19

Learn ‘Political Incivility & Polarization in America’ at Burien Library April 19

Does political incivility threaten American democracy? Is there a correlation between political incivility and productivity? Dr. Cornell Clayton of Washington State University will lead a lively discussion,... [Read more]

PODCAST: SeaTac City Manager on leave; Burien parking law upsets some…

PODCAST: SeaTac City Manager on leave; Burien parking law upsets some…

Here’s episode #45 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]